The Colorado Rockies don't lead the National League West in anything, so when I saw that Grammarly did their annual Grammar Check on the spelling, syntax, and sentence construction of the fans of professional sports teams in the big three leagues, I was optimistic.
After all, Denver is a fairly educated city, right? Young, professional, in-demand, a destination for white-collar jobs (or so they tell me)... all these things mean you could expect that Rockies' fans would fare well in a grammar test. Right?
Haha, no, of course not. The Rockies are a joke, and your grammar is also a joke, you losers. (Infographic below). Also, Purple Row/SB Nation readers, you have nobody to blame for this but yourselves, as highlighted in Grammarly's methodology:
We began by collecting the first five comments posted under articles on each official MLB, NBA, and NFL team blog from official sports team and sports fan websites, like NFL.com and SB Nation, until we had gathered a total of 100 comments for each team. Each comment contained at least 50 words and was posted within an average timespan of two months ending October 20, 2015.
Using Grammarly, we identified the errors in the comments, which were then verified and tallied by a team of live proofreaders. For the purposes of this study, we counted only black-and-white mistakes such as misspellings, wrong and missing punctuation, misused or missing words, and subject-verb disagreement.
We ignored stylistic variations such as the use of common slang words, team and player nicknames, serial comma usage, and the use of numerals instead of spelled-out numbers. Finally, we calculated the average number of mistakes per one hundred words by dividing the total word count of the comments by the total number of mistakes for each team.
Shame on all of you.
It's disappointing that MLB fans overall do so poorly (7.90 mistakes per 100 words, compared to 7.97 for NFL fans and just 4.55 for NBA fans). It's also disappointing that Rockies fans do so poorly relative to the rest of the NL West:
|Team||Mistakes per 100 words|
|San Diego Padres||4.40|
|San Francisco Giants||6.10|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||6.80|
Great job, dolts. Go to Grammarly for more information; here's the full infographic:
Can't blame this one on Jeff Bridich, folks.
If there's one good thing about this infographic, though, it's that maybe the Best Fans In Baseball aren't quite as great as they think they are...